In my story today, Seahawks kicker Steven Hauschka went into the offseason focused on improving on kicks beyond 50 yards, and so far the results are promising.
Hauschka finished 3 of 3 on kicks beyond 50 yards during exhibition play, including a career-long 56 yarder against Oakland. Leading up to this season, during his career with the Seahawks Hauschka had made 3 of 8 from 50-plus yards.
The improved leg strength also has helped Hauschka on kickoffs. Hauschka’s had 68.3 percent of his kickoffs go for touchbacks. Last season, Hauschka’s 41.4 percent touchbacks was No. 22 in the league last season.
So what’s been the difference?
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Hauschka said during the offseason he worked hard on his conditioning and endurance, along with building more power through his core muscles to increase his overall leg strength.
“It was something I felt I needed to work on,” Hauschka said. “I also kicked a lot of long field goals this offseason. In practice, we would kick a lot of them, and on my own I would kick a lot of them, so I feel comfortable back there. I’m swinging a little more naturally, a little more free.”
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